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Qatar rejoins UN Human Rights Council

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Qatar has been appointed to a new three-year term on the UN’s Human Rights Council, edging out Thailand by six votes for the final spot allocated to the Asia-Pacific region.

It’s the third time the Gulf country has held a seat on the 47-member body, which was formed in 2006 to promote and protect human rights around the world. The last term Qatar served was from 2010 to 2013.

Media reports say Qatar received 142 votes from the UN General Assembly’s 193 members. The other three seats reserved for the region were filled by India (162 votes), Indonesia (152 votes) and Bangladesh (149 votes).

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Qatar’s own human rights record has come under the international spotlight in recent years as activists use the attention around the 2022 World Cup to highlight the living and working conditions of migrant laborers, as well as the country’s restrictive sponsorship laws.

Joe Stork, the deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division, said in a statement that he’d like to see Qatar’s elevation to the UN’s human rights organization accelerate the country’s planned reforms:

“We hope joining the council will finally prompt Qatar to address the laws and policies that make its growing migrant worker population so vulnerable to trafficking and forced labor. Qatar should abolish its exit visa system, reform the kafala system to allow workers to change employers, and ratify the (International Labour Organization) domestic workers convention.”

Reforms

Recently, Qatar’s Emir publicly conceded that there have been “problems and errors” in protecting the human rights of migrant workers here.

In May, government officials proposed changes to the country’s sponsorship laws that would make it easier expats to leave the country and change jobs. The changes would also increase penalties for employers who confiscate their employee’s passports.

Another change that’s being rolled out is a new requirement on companies to pay salaries electronically. This would help ensure wages are deposited into a worker’s bank account on time.

Earlier this month, Qatar’s Chamber of Commerce said it would support the planned reforms, raising the prospect that a new law could be approved by the end of the year.

Critics, however, have argued that the changes fall short of international human rights standards, as well as the recommendations of a report by law firm DLA Piper that was commissioned by the Qatar government.

Beyond its borders, Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee has recently raised the issue of individuals with disabilities, and called for more efforts globally to remove barriers that prevent their full integration into society.

Thoughts?

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Bornrich
Bornrich
6 years ago

That’s one giant leap for Qatar, a small step for mankind.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Bornrich

Front step or back ?

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Bornrich

You think mankind was in good hands before this? You naive fool you…

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago

Third time? And what good has the previous two times done? Why does the UN entertain them? How can one of the last nations that practices slavery and bars freedom of movement as per UN conventions even nominate for a position….What a joke.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Joke is the UN and the rest of the world who believe in it, just like Fifa and soccer fans.

Cerebus
Cerebus
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

The UN is a joke……used to be something, but seems a failed institution these days where corruption is king and the people of the world come in last.

KingOfKings
KingOfKings
6 years ago
Reply to  Cerebus

Welcome to life son.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago

There’s a human rights juggernaut for you. Qatar, India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. lol

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

USA plays it smart, just outsource your torture and keep your rankings good. Gotta give Uncle Sam credit for that sort of ingenuity.

Cerebus
Cerebus
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

USA didn’t even break the top 15. http://www.ihrri.com/

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Yeah LOL Qatar keep sending those Riyals to ISIS. The glass house owner should put his stones away.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Riyals do nothing compared to US training and military arms, ask the Taliban about that, LOL.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

40 yrs ago?

Cerebus
Cerebus
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Actually, because the US President refuses to put “boots on the ground” they just airdropped a C130 load of arms to ISIS rather than to the Kurds in Kobane….ooopsie

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Cerebus

1 bundle of 28 went off target and may have ended up with ISIS not a C130 full. According to the US they blew up the straying bundle.

Cerebus
Cerebus
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

According to who? The guys that DID lose them. The Pentagon PR department who is known for its brutal honesty? The White House who didn’t know that ISIS was in Iraq until CNN – the very last name in news – reported it and they had to admit it? Twitter is flooded with ISIS images of jihadis in HMMVs, with Howitzers, with air dropped boxes of weapons, food and medical supplies. The White House and Pentagon have a real credibility issue. One of 28 stories that are clearly not true, just from the evidence on twitter don’t help. There is an election in a few weeks, I wouldn’t expect a single accurate story until at least 2015.

KingOfKings
KingOfKings
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

US does not hand in charities when their economy is not very forgiving. Evil will always be there. Only those with the intention to buy or procure evil, can do so. Ask the Taliban? how general is your comment? Politics is not a game of Fifa you know…

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Hmmmmmmmmm and let me guess Saudi and Iran got elected to the UN Council on promoting religious tolerance.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

No Iran didn’t make the cut… They’re very tolerant actually as long as your not Sunni…

Pakistan made it through… And Uganda made the council for equal rights… And Russia the council of “but it wasn’t me..”

UN is a joke!

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Yes if you are not sunni or Bahai they are very tolerant. They even have a Jewish MP amazingly enough….

You should follow Khameni’s twitter account, I thought it was a parody to start with, it is so funny.

Guest
Guest
6 years ago

*yawn* United Nations needs to do some soul searching.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago

We need stronger laws against bad poetry. If I read another sh**ty poem I am gonna shoot the author’s testicle’s right off.

Cerebus
Cerebus
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Here is a Haiku written especially for you……testicles be damned.
Human rights panel
Wealthiest country cheapest work
Blatter smiling

PSN
PSN
6 years ago

wait….What Qatar has to do on human rights? feeling confused..

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago

The irony is thick….

“We hope Qatar joining the human rights panel will help it recognize human rights…” = “I’m taking ole Johnny to McDonald’s in hopes that doing so will finally convince this tub of lard to go on a diet.”

BigDaddyDK
BigDaddyDK
6 years ago

Good grief. You can’t make up stuff like this. On the UN Human Rights Commission? Seriously? Has anyone taken a good look at the labor camps recently or the abysmal record Qatar has on treatment of the people living in them? I could go on, but there are way too many other spot on comments already. I’d only be wrestling with redundancy if I tried.

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